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Uncertainty looms onTik Tok after US government ban

The future of TikTok in the US is questionable as anti-China Republicans want stricter security for the immensely popular video sharing app.

By wasmulhaq 
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New York: The future of TikTok in the United States is questionable as anti-China Republicans gain more influence in Congress and want stricter security for the immensely popular video sharing app.

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TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech firm ByteDance, has become a political punching bag for US conservatives who claim that the app, which millions of US youth have downloaded, can be used by the Chinese Communist Party for espionage or propaganda (CCP).

Democrats have also joined in the criticism, and US President Joe Biden last week signed a new rule that banned the use of TikTok on equipment provided by the government. The US Senate and House of Representatives are also prohibited from using TikTok by law.

According to a Republican lawmaker, Mike Gallagher, a harsh critic of China said the app is deadly. He claims that TikTok is the equivalent of “digital fentanyl.” 

Tik Tok is just like an addiction, and it is destructive as well. “We’re seeing troubling data about the corrosive impact of constant social media use, particularly on young men and women here in America,” he told NBC News.

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A TikTok spokesperson strongly criticised Gallagher and said that his comments regarding TikTok are baseless, and further added that the CCP “has neither direct nor indirect control of ByteDance or TikTok.”

TikTok loyalists deny that the Chinese government has been controlling the TikTok app.

 

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